School of Physical Sciences

NSS 2016 sees SPS climbing the ranks

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Posted on 11th August 2016

The results from this year’s National Student Survey (NSS) have been released, and sees even better results from the School of Physical Sciences.

Among the courses studied at the University of Kent (UKC), eleven are in the top ten of their specific subject tables for overall satisfaction, and notably two of them are subjects taught within the School of Physical Sciences.

UKC achieved the fourth highest score for overall satisfaction, gaining one place to sit joint 20th with 14 other institutions, all achieving a satisfaction rating of 90%.

Chemistry powers into 3rd place in the UK (out of over 50 institutions!) with a fantastic 98% student satisfaction rating. Forensics Science is at 7th with 92% satisfaction whilst Physics is rated at 85%, which sees it rising into 36th place.

“It is pleasing to see the high level of satisfaction from our graduating students which is a reflection of the quality of the student experience in the School of Physical Sciences and the dedication of the teaching staff” said Professor Michael Went, Director of Education.

We expect that this is the start of even greater achievements that sees our subjects improve year upon year, as we continue to work hard on ways to improve our student experience. We hope to be recognised for this and find the subjects placed permanently in the top ten!

The NSS is an annual questionnaire, given to all final year undergraduate students in publicly funded universities across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, conducted by Ipsos MORI on behalf of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). The survey consists of 22 core questions to assess various aspects of the student experience, from teaching and support to resources and personal development. The table of standings is made from the “overall satisfaction” scores each university/subject receives.


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Last Updated: 18/11/2016